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Redirecting a domain name to a dir on another server

Is it possible?



3:44 am on Feb 9, 2002 (gmt 0)

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For one of my websites, I've decided not to pay the hosting, but I still own the domain name for at least, another year.

I still have an account for another site of mine.

I'd really like to do the following...

Visitors that go to www.olddomain.com could be sent to www.othersite.com/olddomain/

Is something like this feasible? And if so, how?


3:57 am on Feb 9, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Check out this current post, it might be what you're after.



4:04 am on Feb 9, 2002 (gmt 0)

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So I can setup a .htaccess file on my currentsite.. and when people go to my oldsite.. they would be transfered to a dir or file on currentsite?

I'm going to be changing the nameservers for the oldsite domain name to the currentsite.

I'm sorry if this is hard to understand, please ask me if you need more details or a better explanation.


4:07 am on Feb 9, 2002 (gmt 0)

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There are lots of places on the net that offer that service, do a search on "domain forwarding" [google.com] and you'll see services that let you set up the domain you still own to forward to the hosted one.

One caveat, since you want to redirect to a specific path (/olddomain) which will in essence become the content of the olddomain.com you'll find that most of the redirection services consider that a premium service and may charge a fee that is higher than just hosting the domain with an ISP in the traditional way.


4:10 am on Feb 9, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Sorry Jonothan, I'm not exactly a wizard when it comes to this subject, but I can get by..... with lots of trials and errors, but get by none the less.

You'd be better off posting that question on the link I provided.


4:27 am on Feb 9, 2002 (gmt 0)

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I suppose I can just change the oldsite's nameservers to the othersite's ones.

Can I do that, or do webhosts not let me?


4:44 am on Feb 9, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Most ISP and other free hosts won't allow nameserver information for their sites. Also, some redirection services will bring up the site under the domain name using a frames setup which results in the same site showing up under two URLs - duplicate content. I just saw this with a site that's a Yahoo store.

Check several redirect services out. I don't remember which one it was but there is one that doesn't have that problem. But I think you *might* have to use them as the registrar. It's been a while so I can't remember exactly, but one site I'm familiar with used a redirection service where only the domain name showed up at search engines. She had great rankings over with no duplicate problem at all; only the domain name showed up. They had several options available, one of which they called "cloaked redirection."

Clarification: is the domain you want to point it to regular hosting?


5:25 am on Feb 9, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Yes, the domain that I want to point it to is a linux web hosting service. I'm pretty limited to my account and lil personal control panel.

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